Pain clinic at center of drug charges

Times Staff Report

June 17, 2014

PRESTONSBURG – Four people have been indicted on drug charges in connection with a defunct pain clinic.

Attorney General Jack Conway and his Department of Criminal Investigations announced the June 4 indictments and arrests of four 44-year-old Yvonda Lazar, 23-year-old Kenneth Lazar, 30-year-old Derek Kennedy, and 26-year-old Andrea Kennedy. All were charged with theft of a prescription blank for controlled substances, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or deceit, and forgery of a prescription.

All four individuals were arrested on Thursday by investigators from Conway’s Department of Criminal Investigations, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Kentucky State Police, and the Prestonsburg Police Department.

This case began in 2010 after investigators received multiple complaints involving Commonwealth Quality Medical Management, which operated as a non-physician owned pain management clinic in Floyd County. Each of the individuals, with the exception of Derek Kennedy, worked at the clinic. According to the indictments, the four individuals forged and passed prescription blanks at various pharmacies. Commonwealth Quality Medical Management has since been shut down.

Each of the individuals was lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing.